Friday, September 12, 2008
The Loco-Motion (Music Video)
I didn't really know where to start, so I've decided to start at the beginning, but I will in no way be going in any kind of chronological order.
I know that technically "I Should Be So Lucky" was the first official single from Kylie's first album "Kylie" (1988), but as most of her North American fans can attest, Kylie didn't really make a splash until she released her cover of the Little Eva classic The Loco-Motion. Plus it was the song that initially got her her first recording contract so I thought it best to start here. Back in the summer of 1987, then 19 year old Kylie Ann Minogue was starring as tomboy motor mechanic Charlene Mitchell on the long-running Australian soap opera "Neighbours". When she and her fellow castmates were invited to perform at the Fitzroy Football Club Charity Gala, Kylie suggested that they all perform The Loco-Motion impromptu. The audience fell in love with the performance, and Kylie was approached by a representative from Mushroom Records to record the song as a single. The single went straight to number 1 in Australia upon it's release and remained there for a remarkable 7 weeks, becoming the top selling Australian single of the 80's.
As a result Kylie was signed to a full record deal and was flown to London to work with hitmakers Stock, Aitken & Waterman on her first full length album.
The Loco-Motion was re-recorded, and released internationally as Kylie's third single off her debut album, going to number 1 in Canada, number 2 in the UK and number 3 in the US.
The video was shot at Essendon Airport and ABC Studio's in Melbourne, Australia. It's camptastic!
Sidenote: Kylie's brother Brendan makes an appearance in the video. Toward the end of the video when Kylie get's everyone together for a photo, he is the guy in the front wearing the black leather bomber jacket.